Houston Mayor to address San Jacinto College graduates

11.17.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick

PASADENA, Texas – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will deliver the keynote address at the San Jacinto College commencement ceremonies on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

“We are thrilled to have Mayor Turner speak to our graduates,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Mayor Turner is a respected leader who has a passion for all things Houston, including education. I think our graduates and guests will relate to his message, and I look forward to welcoming him to our ceremony.”

Mayor Turner was elected in 2015 and is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. He has brought a performance driven approach to the mayor’s office that is creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services.

A signature program of Mayor Turner’s administration is the Complete Communities initiative, which aims to improve quality of life for residents in areas that are not thriving at a level enjoyed by other Houston neighborhoods. The mayor’s other priorities include implementation of a six point holistic plan for addressing homelessness and new programs to reduce flooding and improve drainage.

Prior to his election as mayor, Turner served for 27 years in the Texas House of Representatives, serving District 139. Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and still lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with his eight siblings. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm.

Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of public service in the health care field.

The San Jacinto College commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Minute Maid Park. More information about the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony can be found at sanjac.edu/commencement-ceremony.


About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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